Police in west Belfast are appealing for information and witnesses after a lit firework was put through the front door of an elderly person who was asleep in bed. 

Officers received a report that at approximately 9.35pm last night, Tuesday 24th October, young people pushed the firework through the letterbox at the property in the Glasvey Court area of Twinbrook before running off. 

Neighbourhood Policing Inspector White said: “Thankfully, the firework did not fully ignite, but it did cause damage. 

“If this firework had exploded, the end result could have been catastrophic. As such, we are investigating this serious criminal act as attempted arson with intent to endanger life.

Inspector White continued: “Halloween is typically a very busy time of year for emergency services and it is not uncommon to see an increase in calls reporting a range of concerns.

“Fireworks are dangerous. Their misuse can have devastating and even fatal consequences. Last night’s unacceptable act was extremely traumatic for the vulnerable victim.

“We are increasing police patrols in the area to deter anti-social behaviour across this Halloween period, but I would ask local parents and guardians – do you know where your children are and who they are with?

“We are encouraging parents to speak to their young people about firework safety, and the consequences of their actions should they participate in illegal acts.

“They could end up with a criminal record which may impact their future employment and travel prospects.

“If you have any information about this incident, or noticed any suspicious behaviour in the area between 9.30pm and 9.45pm, please contact us on 101, quoting reference 1760 of 24/10/23.”

Alternatively, you can make a report online at www.psni.police.uk/makeareport. Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.